When BMW wanted to go racing in 1986, homologation rules required the Bavarian automaker to build a road-going production version of the track-ready 3 Series coupe. To comply, BMW's in-house M racing division created the first M3.
Currently in its fourth generation, the modern M3 features a 413-horsepower 4-liter V8—far more powerful than the engine that powered the first models. You can also get a convertible, should you so choose, an alternative available to Americans only since the M3's second generation.
From its birth, the BMW M3 has set performance standards emulated by competitors around the world. And even though the $60,100 base price is substantial, you would have a hard time finding a vehicle that delivers a more rewarding driving experience at any price.